Now, it is confirmed that Wake will not be returning this season. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported what we all feared last night: Wake tore his left Achilles and is out for the remainder of the year.
The loss of Wake is obviously huge for Miami. The Dolphins' defense had struggled early in the season when Wake was dealing with a hamstring injury that limited his explosiveness. Once his leg was healthy, Wake began to feed off the double teams All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was facing, allowing the All-Pro defensive end to terrorize quarterbacks. He recorded seven sacks in the last three games, but will end the season stuck on that number.
The Dolphins will likely look to Derrick Shelby to fill in the starting left defensive end position, with Terrence Fede probably picking up more playing time as well. The Dolphins next play the Buffalo Bills a week from this Sunday.